We’ve detected that you are using an outdated browser. This will prevent you from accessing certain features. Update browser

Simple Pressure Vessels Directive

CE Marking for simple pressure vessels.


What is it?

The Simple Pressure Vessels Directive (SPVD) is a European directive that applies to certain types of simple pressure vessels which need to be sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).

The SPVD applies to simple pressure vessels manufactured in a series. A 'simple pressure vessel' means any welded vessel designed to contain an internal pressure greater than 0.5 barg that is air or nitrogen, and not intende to be fired.  The maximum working pressure of the vessel can't exceed 30 bar and the product of the working pressure (PS) and the capacity of the vessel (V) shall not exceed 10,000 bar/litre.

Depending on the type of equipment - its pressure rating multipled by volume, or the manufacturing standard used - manufacturers may select a procedure from a range of conformity modules, which include:

  • Manufacturers' self-certification
  • Third-party type examination (EC Type Examination)
  • Third-party inspection (EC Certificate of Adequacy or EC Verification)

Vessels where PS x V exceeds 50 bar/litre must satisfy the essential safety requirements of the SPVD, set out in Annex I.  These must undergo a notified body assessment.

What we do.

As a Notified Body for the Simple Pressure Vessel Directive, LR can help you gain the CE mark for your simple pressure equipment.

We can perform inspection to all aspects of the SPVD's conformity modules, including:

  • EC Type Examination
  • EC Certificate of Adequacy
  • EC Certificate of Verification
  • EC Certificate of Conformity

Why choose LR?

Your business helps LR to help others
The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity that supports engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: working together for a safer world.


Want to know more about this service?


What we think

LR's experts regularly share their research and insights.

Looking for a bespoke service or solution?

Hit enter or the arrow to search Hit enter to search

Search icon

Are you looking for?